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James Davis. In 1795, James escaped from bondage in Maryland, and went to Philadelphia, where he soon after married. He remained undisturbed for ten years, during which time he supported himself and family comfortably by sawing wood. But one day, in the year 1805, his master called to see him, accompanied by two other men, who were city constables. He appeared to be very friendly, asked James how he was getting along, and said he was glad to see him doing so well. At last, he remarked,
and pushed for the opposite shore.
The noise attracted the attention of his guard, who threatened him with instant death if he did not return.
They loaded their pistols as quickly as possible, and fired after him, but luckily missed their aim. James succeeded in reaching the opposite side of the river, where he set the boat adrift, lest some one should take it back and enable them to pursue him. He bent his course toward Philadelphia, and on arriving there, went directly to Friend Hopper's h
James Lawler. James was a slave to Mr. Mc Calmont of Delaware. In 1805, when he was about thirty years old, he escaped to New-Jersey and let himself out to a farmer. After he had been there a few months, several runaway slaves in his neighbor
I am not afraid of that, replied Mr. Hart. I will tie him by the teeth; meaning he would feed him well.
In fact, James now appeared quite satisfied.
His new master and mistress were kind to him, and he was faithful and diligent in their se who had kindly permitted him to use it, he ordered the animal to be taken to the stable and supplied with hay and oats.
James was treated kindly by all the family, and spent two days very agreeably.
When about to take leave, Mr. Mc Calmont said t y.
But I had rather you would not come here again in the style you now have; for it will make my people dissatisfied.
James returned much pleased with his excursion, and soon went to give Friend Hopper an account of it. He served out his time fa